Peyton Hillis apologizes for Halloween event no-show


Placement on the cover of the popular (but, frankly, increasingly boring and stale) Madden video game franchise supposedly carries with it a curse.  I never believed that.

Until this year.

For Browns running back Peyton Hillis, the public vote that gave him the honor over Eagles quarterback Mike Vick apparently has contributed to Hillis having an attitude that he’s worth more money than he really is.  And his inability to parlay one good-but-not-great season — he rushed for 1,177 yards after Montario Hardesty was lost for the season — into a major payday has caused Hillis apparently to go a little goofy.

Whispers have emerged of Hillis wanting to be paid like Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams.  There’s also talk that Hillis has rejected an offer from the Browns that would have paid him $5 million per year.  Hillis has had to deal with the clumsy handling of a case of strep throat that caused him to miss a game, creating the perception that he would have played if he’d gotten a new contract.  (It’s didn’t help Hillis that center Alex Mack later played with appendicitis.)  Now battling a hamstring injury, Hillis faces suspicion that he’s not really injured.

Complicating matters is the fact that Hillis failed to show up for a Monday event hosted by the Boys and Girls Club, and arranged by former Browns center LeCharles Bentley.  Dubbed “Halloween with Hillis,” it was indeed Halloween but there was no Hillis to be seen.

Two days after missing the event, Hillis publicly apologized.  “I just want to say I’m sorry about the charity event with the Boys and Girls Club,” Hillis said, via  “There was a lot of miscommunication between me and the management that I had, and if I knew the full depths of it, I wouldn’t have missed it.”

In the grand scheme of things, anyone who blinks will have missed the best part of Peyton’s career.  The Browns apparently are willing to let him hit the open market in 2012, presumably so that he can see that no one else will pay him anything close to what he wants.  Given his recent misadventures and the national hit to his reputation, Hillis could find himself in the Tiki Barber/Clinton Portis category of veteran tailbacks, given that there are so many young, undrafted guys who can get the job done.

Running backs have become more and more fungible in the modern NFL.  Curtis Brinkley and Jackie Battle reconfirmed that notion on Monday night for the Chargers and Chiefs, respectively, moving the chains absent the pedigree or, for now, the expectations of getting paid big money.  Only a small handful of running backs will ever get it.  Hillis, who has only 211 rushing yards this year, simply isn’t one of them.

And that’s fitting.  When Hillis finally gets his shot at getting paid, the teams will treat his coming-out party like Halloween without Hillis.

41 responses to “Peyton Hillis apologizes for Halloween event no-show

  1. Madden curse strikes again. RB’s truly are a dime a dozen, very rarely ever worth paying big bucks. Just look at the Titans, I bet they are kicking themselves.

  2. I can remember when Chris Johnson sat out of training camp forcing a new contract and Hillis and his followers criticizing Chris Johnson on PFT.

    It turns out that Hillis is a bigger jerk and a bigger non “MF” factor than Chris Johnson.

  3. This dude is a rock head. Not showing up to an event featuring yourself, and disappointing children is pretty low. And his lame excuse is even worse.

  4. This dude needs to fire his agent and “management” and live his own life. He’s getting HORRIBLE advice at every turn. Waste of my 4th round pick. Thank you to a real man’s man Fred Jackson for saving my season.

  5. Hillis is really screwing this whole thing up. This is how players get bitter, not better. Seeing how often he’s been sick or injured this year, who would give him big bank?

  6. WOW. This guy went from hero to zero faster than Favre! What a dousche. How could anyone pimp little kids like that?

  7. “Curtis Brinkley and Jackie Battle reconfirmed that notion on Monday night for the Chargers and Chiefs,”

    So much wrong with this statement it’s not funny.

    Sure both of them scored a touchdown. But if they were so great then why was the game decided by the kickers?

    To borrow your line, sorry, running backs aren’t a dime a dozen like you think.

    Imagine where the respective teams would be without backs like McFadden, Forte and McCoy. They’d be sunk.

    Which is at least one reason why the Browns stink this year.

  8. With every week I lose more and more respect for this guy… He always plays the Christian card, but the truth is he’s nothing but a spoiled punk.

  9. I don’t know what to think of him at this point. He seemed to be such a good dude and such a perfect blue collar hero for his town and this year something just seems…hinky about the way he is handling everything.

  10. A “curse” is something that is done to you. This moron has done the damage all by himself. Enjoy playing for league minimum next year.

  11. The Madden curse is still no excuse for bailing on kids. And if he didn’t realize the depths of it(his words) skipping an event for kids with an event with his own name on it. That’s stupidity and ego. Boo.

  12. Cleveland could have had someone really special to look up to. God knows, they tried.

    Too bad that you didn’t, Peyton…

  13. The “Madden Curse” is nothing but an over-sized ego. His ego is causing him to lose the fan base that makes him relevent in the first place.

    Peyton Hillis flat-out stiffed a group of kids.

    You can’t “spin” that, and no adult likes a guy who stiffs kids.

  14. He should get an apology from the fans for voting him on the cover of Madden and cursing his season.

  15. What’s funny is that a big reason he won is that fans of Rodgers and Vick were actually voting AGAINST their guy so that they WOULDN’T be on the cover because of the curse.

  16. If he was putting up numbers the missed charity event would not have been as big a deal. Just pointing that out–not condoning standing up the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.

  17. This has nothing to do with Madden, and everything to do with a horrible agent trying to gain leverage where there is none. If Hillis values his career (or what’s left of it at this point), he needs to fire this turd of an agent. Then he needs to go crawling into Leigh Steinberg’s office and beg for his representation.

  18. drewj7 says:
    Nov 3, 2011 11:16 AM

    When you look at Hillis…. He just looks dumb. Doesn’t he?

    Yeah. Like 96% of the rest of NFL players. And probably you , as well.

  19. Still don’t understand why he was voted for the Madden cover anyways. There have to be at least 20 other players with more notoriety, talent, and who don’t fake injuries/illnesses/management communication issues.

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